The School of Positive Psychology

Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling

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Psychotherapy and counselling are general terms for interpersonal and relational intervention of treating mental and emotional disorders by engaging clients to vocalise their condition and related issues with a mental health professional. 

Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques focusing on experiential relationship building, communication and behaviour modification. This often includes alleviation of distress, an increase in individual sense of wellbeing and reduction of subjective discomforting experiences. All these are designed to improve the mental health of a client, or to improve group relationships. 

This course aims to equip students with theoretical counselling and psychotherapy skills. Students will be taught talk therapy techniques such as Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These psychotherapy and counselling techniques can be also be applied to areas for personal development, relationships, workplace and family. 

Apart from the counselling and psychotherapy theories and techniques, students will learn the emerging science of positive psychology and it’s applications to mental health and wellbeing. 

Teacher-Student Ratio: 1:50.

Course Modules

Entry Requirement

English language requirement

Course Assessment

Assignments, role-plays, presentations, discussions, examination

Course Duration

6 months, part time (Intakes in Jan / Apr / Jul / Oct)

Course Fee

SGD 10,422 w/GST


What Students Say

Valerie Guichard
( Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling )
"When I enrolled at the school, I was searching for answers, was hoping to start something new and also felt pretty low. Within a few weeks of studying Positive Psychology, my life changed. I learned to savour the present, to listen to others mindfully and reconnected with myself and my people. I also learned that honesty and humour are valued character strengths! Learning different therapies and concepts, from amazingly talented lecturers, has also strengthened the fact that I want to use my own life experiences to pursue a career in counseling to help young adults in the future. Last but not least, some of my peers have become close friends. ‘Other people matter’ alright!"
Carol Teo
( Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling )
"I gained a lot through this course and now understand better why people think and behave the way they do. It also places me in a better position to know how to reach out to those in need. I also made new supportive friends from different walks of life through the course!"

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